The Brunswick batsmen put Linden Park bowlers to the sword.
(13 June 2018)
Brigthon Brunswick 194-1, Linden Park 193-9
A beautiful summer day greeted the Brunswick team on its arrival at Linden Park's attractive ground on Tunbridge Wells Common. Brunswick arrived with 9 players but the ever-obliging John Harvey, Captain of Linden Park, lent us one of theirs and the contest was made 10 a side.
When the same circumstances occurred last year, John Harvey was kind enough to lend us former Surrey County Cricketer Scott Newman who made a 158 for the Brunswick. He did not repeat that gesture and when Linden Park won the toss John elected to bat in an agreed 40/40 over match with bowlers allowed a maximum of 8 overs.
Scott Newman and his 17-year old partner soon had the ball disappearing to all parts of the ground. These two batsmen were particularly unkind to Ollie Brown, who bowling for the first time since last season, conceded 30 runs in his first 3 overs of his opening spell. However, when he returned later he finished off the Linden Park innings taking 2 wickets in 6 overs for 40 runs. Dave "Kenny" Everett at the Pavilion End bowled very tightly, and his first 3 overs yielded only 1 run. His fine constraining spell saw him finish with final figures of 7 overs 1 wicket for 42 runs. However, the game really swung in Brunswick favour when Mike Rose entered the bowling attack. In a fine spell of spin bowling he removed the main part of Linden Park's middle order batting, with the outstanding figures of 8 overs, 3 maidens and 4 wickets for only 30 runs. He was well supported by Luke Bellars who struck the vital blow of dismissing Scott Newman for a mere 62. He finished with 2 wickets for 28 of his 8 overs. Despite some good hitting from the lower order batsmen, Hoare and Harvey, Linden Park's final total of 193 all out off 38 overs looked rather modest with the pace of the outfield carrying the ball very easily to all parts of the boundary.
The Brunswick innings started in dramatic style. Opening bat Jonny Phelps has been in very good form this season and he is capable of tearing to shreds the best bowling attacks. His form continued here as he scored 80 runs in only 12 overs with 15, 4's and 2, 6's. His opening partner Alastair Templeton was rather pleased to see Jonny depart as he had monopolised the strike. Alastair was joined by Regan Derham and these two continued the onslaught of the Linden Park bowlers helping the Brunswick reach the required total of 194 off only 26.4 overs. Alastair finished on 60 not out with 5, 4's and Regan Derham 50 not out with 6, 4's.
A truly stunning performance by the Brunswick.